Apple v. Samsung Trial Begins with Jury Selection


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Hemera/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) –The long-anticipated Apple v. Samsung trial kicked off Monday morning with jury selection in San Jose, Calif.

With U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh presiding, prospective jurors were asked if they had any ties to Apple, Samsung, or Google. Judge Koh asked jurors about the types of phones they used and about their activity on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, AllThingsD reported. Lawyers from Samsung and Apple were permitted to ask jurors questions for 20 minutes. As of Monday afternoon the jury selection process was still in progress; ten jurors must be seated before the trial proceeds.

Opening arguments are expected Tuesday.  The trial is expected last through the end of August.

Apple sued Samsung for intellectual property infringement — copying its iPad and iPhone — last year; Apple is seeking over $2 billion in damages. Samsung responded with a countersuit. If Samsung is found guilty of patent infringement, some of its products could be banned in the U.S.

Judge Koh has already granted a preliminary injunction on the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well as on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. Last week, the court docket revealed early designs of Apple’s iPhone.

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